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The Depth of Water Requires Knowledge: Listening to the voices of the HIV patient journey

February 19, 2014 by Patricia Howard, Regional Aboriginal Coordinator, Blood Borne Pathogens Services, Northern Health Authority

Background Prince George (Northern Health Authority) was one of two locations selected for the BC STOP HIV/AIDS Pilot Project (Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was the second). The HIV population in Prince George has been identified as a priority site since the region represents many of BC’s HIV cases. To work collaboratively with partners in identifying and…

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Client perspectives on electronic health records in a BCCDC STI Clinic

February 13, 2014 by Darlene Taylor, Research Program Manager, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, Heather Pedersen, Research Assistant, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Background A recent survey at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) assessed client perspectives on the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) at the BCCDC Provincial Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) clinic. An EHR is a digital version of a patient’s medical record or chart, instead of a paper chart. EHRs are gaining popularity because…

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Gay-straight alliances in schools linked to lower suicide risks for gay and straight students

January 29, 2014 by Yuko Homma, Post-doctoral research fellow &, Elizabeth Saewyc, Professor and Director, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, UBC School of Nursing

Background Lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) students are often targeted for bullying and discrimination at school, and these victimization experiences may increase their health risks. Schools are responsible for providing safe and supportive environments for all students. How can schools help to create such spaces? Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are student-led clubs that aim to create a…

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Highlights of the 2013 BCCDC Research Week

December 19, 2013 by Carole Lunny, Interim Research Manager, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, Devon Haag, Online Services Manager, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

The BC Centre for Disease Control held its 6th annual Research Week this past November 2013.  The aim of Research Week is to showcase the many different areas of research within the Centre. Clinical Prevention Services contributed a number of oral and poster presentations specific to sexual health and STI research.  For further information, the…

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Which gay and bisexual men might use internet-based testing for HIV and STIs in Canada?

November 20, 2013 by Mark Gilbert, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Background There are only a few internet-based testing programs that have been designed with gay and bisexual men in mind.  While we know that gay and bisexual men do use these services, we don’t really know what impact these services have at a population level.  We also don’t know whether internet-based testing reinforces or reduces…

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An integrated community-based cervical cancer screening program with HPV self-collection in Kisenyi, Uganda

November 6, 2013 by Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, Heather Pedersen, Research Assistant, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Background The ASPIRE project (Advances in Screening and Prevention in Reproductive Cancers) is a novel approach to cervical cancer screening that is effective, low-cost, acceptable, and ideal in low-resource settings.  ASPIRE aims reduce the global burden of cervical cancer through its cost-effective, community-based model of cervical cancer screening that focuses on capacity building in local…

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Young gay men in research: the Investigaytors report 2013

October 29, 2013 by Jordan Sang, Communications & Administrative Coordinator, Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health

Background The Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health (CBRC) was the first of its kind to introduce a training program to engage young gay men in hands-on research and capacity building. Building on the success of the Totally Outright program (a sexual health leadership program for young gay men, which began in 2004), the…

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Testing for Acute HIV Infection: impact of the pooled NAAT pilot

October 9, 2013 by Mark Gilbert, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services & Co-Principal Investigator, CIHR Team in the Study of Acute HIV Infection in Gay Men

Background In a previous update we described the window periods of different HIV tests in BC. In this update we will focus on pooled nucleic acid amplification testing (pooled NAAT), which can detect HIV an average of 10-12 days after infection. This technology combines samples from HIV antibody-negative specimens into pools which are then tested…

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Sex and East Asian teens in BC

September 18, 2013 by Yuko Homma, Post-doctoral research fellow, UBC School of Nursing, Elizabeth Saewyc, Professor, UBC School of Nursing

Background In British Columbia, about 90% of adolescents of East Asian backgrounds (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese) have never had sexual intercourse. However, among sexually experienced teens, most have engaged in risky sexual practice. BC has a growing number of people of East Asian (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese) descent. But little is known about health and…

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Understanding the window periods of HIV tests

August 28, 2013 by Mark Gilbert, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Understanding the window period of HIV tests – time from infection to a positive result – is important in order to provide appropriate information to clients, including when to test after a possible exposure to HIV. Progress in HIV testing has resulted in tests with shorter window periods, which can reduce client anxiety by shortening…

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